- F1 champion Lewis Hamilton has received racial abuse online from social media users after his British Grand Prix win
- During the race, Max Verstappen crashed into a wall after an incident with Hamilton and this angered a lot of fans
- Lewis Hamilton is very vocal about supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and his team condemns the abuse
According to a joint statement from Formula One, the FIA and his Mercedes team, Lewis Hamilton was the target of racist abuse on social media during and after his disputed triumph in the British Grand Prix.
Early in the race, the seven-time world champion was involved in an incident that saw championship leader Max Verstappen crash into a wall and drop out of the race. The incident caused a stir on social media.
Hamilton received a 10-second penalty but went on to win the race and cut the championship lead to eight points, according to a report by eNCA.
PAY ATTENTION: Never miss breaking news – join Briefly News' Telegram channel
"During, and after, yesterday’s British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was subjected to multiple instances of racist abuse on social media following an in-race collision," they said in a joint statement.
According to EWN, after the race, Verstappen was brought to the hospital for tests and afterwards accused Hamilton of "disrespectful and unsportsmanlike behaviour". He feels that the crash was Hamilton's fault.
Hamilton, a vocal supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, recently expressed his solidarity with England footballers Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, who were all targeted after missing penalties in the Euro 2020 final.
Naomi Osaka gets a lovely new Barbie doll in her honour
In other sports news, Briefly News previously reported that Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka took to social media to share exciting news with her fans. Naomi has her own doll in collaboration with Barbie and is thrilled about the news. She wrote:
"I first teamed up with @Barbie in 2019 and today we’re introducing the Barbie Role Model Naomi Osaka doll. I hope every child is reminded that they can be and do anything."
The grand slam winner also noted that her doll is wearing the outfit that she wore when she clinched the Australian Open title in 2020. Social media users loved the good news that Naomi shared and took to the comments section to share their thoughts on the new toy.
Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!
Source: Briefly News